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Re: ScanCraft CS-P always says there isn't a scanner...
A parallel port is commonly known as a printer port or LPT1 port. Before USB ports existed scanners frequently used them to connect to computers. The connector on the PC is typically *D* shaped and contains two rows of 25 pins, about 1 ¾ inches wide.
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This scanner is an old one so it has only parallel port. You can connect it to any USB with the converter you mentioned and should be working. Did you connect the power supply at the scanner too? It is nesessary for the scanner in order to take power.
Find a USB device, such as a memory-stick, that is "USB 2.0" and connect it to a USB port. If Windows XP pops-up a window ("this device will perform better when connected to a USB 2.0 port"), then you have connected it to a USB 1.1 port.
Yes, you can connect a scanner, if it has a USB connection. Not all laptops have a parallel-port ("old-style" printer) port, but some scanners require a parallel-port.
Not likely to work reliably if you get it to work.
The parallel port must be set to communicate in both directions. The SUB to Parallel adapter may be a ONE-WAY communications device.
Get a new (or used) Epson scanner or Epson all-in-one ($50) which includes a scanner and printer! Your new computer may not have the proper drivers for your old IBM scanner, anyway. If you purchase an Epson all-in-one, get a "WorkForce" model - that's their latest product line.
make sure you follow this step : 1. install driver USB to Paralel port (LPT1) before the cable connected to PC 2. After the driver installed, install the cable - and it supposed to be detected 3. the last think u have to do is install the scanner/printer driver
if it is not work, i guess the problem is on the USB to paralel adapter, or the driver not installed correctly
There is going to be issues with connecting it in this fashion. The usb adapters are not addressed the same as a real parallel port. This means that the drivers probably do not have a chance at working. The other issue is usb ports on laptops rarely have the power to drive devices larger than a mouse or keyboard. This means that the usb adaptor may not have enough power to function. Try plugging it into a powered usb hub then to the laptop. This may give it enough power to do what you want if the drivers are compatible of course.
If all else fails goto goodwill and get a usb scanner. I always see stacks of them. Most are the usb type.